I hate teaching. I have an elementary teaching degree and I’ve never held a full time teaching job. I’ve substitute taught in six states, however, and frankly I think I’m an excellent substitute teacher (lest you think I should be barred from crossing the threshold of any public school.)Putting myself into teaching as a career only happened because my parents approved. My dreams included broadcast journalism, radio, and acting. But I listened to my parents and allowed myself to be influenced by their opinions a bit too much. They only wanted what was best for me, obviously. My dad doesn’t even remember all the times he said, “do you want to live on macaroni and cheese for the rest of your life?” But they didn’t take into account the spirit. I think edging me toward journalism in general would have been wise. Surely there’s more money in that than acting. But they didn’t. And now I’m 45 and still grappling to work at a job that doesn’t kill my spirit.
So, sick at the thought of having to substitute indefinitely, I was bold and went for it. I applied around town and took the necessary steps, and I signed with a talent agency. Here’s my profile on their website. (All the money I’d spent on headshot and photos for the pageant paid off.)
I’m a late bloomer for sure, just like my hero Laura Ingalls Wilder. She didn’t start her writing career until her daughter was grown and didn’t become renown as a writer unit her 60’s. It really is never too late to become what you might have been. Realistically, it’s Denver. This market is dry as the weather. But my goal is to improve in my acting skills, and land commercials. One of my acquaintances from the pageant who is in the industry said she got three commercials total last year. I was glad for the reality check. But I am really enjoying it. Now I’m officially in the business, and I love acting class. Still, I know I’m going to have to keep my day job.